This fascinatingly varied group of Liverpool gardens is re-joined this year by The Bloomin' Green Triangle. Architecture group Assemble won the Turner Prize 2015 for their work with the four streets which make up the Triangle, along with their wild flower meadow. It was the guerrilla gardening of local residents which led to the area's regeneration. See what they have achieved in awkward and unusual spaces on their tour starting at the Ducie Street wild flower meadow at 3pm. See long colour themed borders and rare plants, both in the gardens and for sale, at Parkmount and Sefton Villa, plus the delightful small garden in Croxteth Grove. Vegetables and flowers abound in the ninety allotments, which include a children's and disabled plots, and at the Family Refugee Support Project, tended by gardeners from as far afield as Mongolia and Pakistan. There are two local gardening projects to see: Fern Grove Community garden has children's activities and a beekeeping demonstration at 2pm; and a Community Orchard is under development in the former Quaker Burial Ground in Arundel Avenue. Wheelchair access WC at Sefton Park Allotments
Sunday 16 July (11am - 5pm). Combined admission £5.00, children free. Home-made teas at Parkmount and The Allotments.
How to find us
Sefton Park Gardens, Sefton Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool, Lancashire, L8 3SD
1m S of Liverpool city centre. From end of M62 take A5058 Queens Drive ring rd S through Allerton to Sefton Park. Parking roadside in Sefton Park.
More about Sefton Park Gardens
It will be high summer when Sefton Park Gardens open their gates this year, giving visitors the chance to see the gardens as they progress through the season. In Ullet Road the large garden of one of Liverpool's old merchant houses overlooking Sefton Park is an inspiration in adventurous planting. Here gardener Jeremy Nicholls uses vibrant colours and rare plants in stunning combinations. There'll be Pimms on the lawn and delicious cakes.
Joining the group this year is the Family Refugee Support Project, with some 25 families from as far afield as Nigeria, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and of course Syria. They got a Silver Medal for their 'Growing Together' garden at Tatton Flower Show in 2015. Their site alongside Toxteth Town Hall is made up of raised beds, each tended by a different family, and a hugely productive greenhouse providing plants for the site and further afield.
The popular York House tower block garden and adjacent Buckingham House have colourful bedding, roses and sweet peas. Nearly a hundred allotments on a six acre site in Sefton Park show how city plots can provide fruit and vegetables of the highest quality, offering inspiration to other city gardeners. The site features a plot for disabled gardeners, and a Children's Allotment. At Sefton Villa's delightful small garden in Sefton Drive, rare and interesting plants are featured, and there is a small and peaceful enclosed Japanese Garden. Get a glimpse of the early days of the Community Orchard in Arundel Avenue - a haven of peace hidden behind high walls. And more residents have started a community garden up the road in Fern Grove, where there'll be a beekeeping demonstration at 2 pm. Contact Information: Christine Ruth, Press Officer, National Garden Scheme, Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. 0151 727 4877/07740 438994.